About the Series:
The objective of the Reynolds Historical Lecture Series is to review, assess, and discuss various historical aspects of the health care sciences. The series runs from Fall to Spring. The Annual Reynolds Lecture is the foremost presentation in this series that brings speakers of prominence to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Click here to see a list of all previous Annual Reynolds Lecturers.
Earning CMEs at Reynolds Lectures:
The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Unless otherwise indicated on the schedule, all lectures are held from noon to one in the Edge of Chaos Atrium (http://theedgeofchaos.org), 4th floor, Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd. These lectures are free and open to the public. Box lunches are available on a first come, first served basis.
September 20: “Medicine's Changing Appreciation of Negative Results,” Laura M. Seger, PhD candidate, History & Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
Abstract: The label “negative” is often applied to experimental results that do not support an investigator’s initial hypothesis, and these results rarely appear in published form outside the field of medicine. Medical scientists now recognize more than anyone else the importance of negative results because they are driven not just by the epistemic goal to get at the truth but also the practical value of preventing harm to patients, and they see a direct relationship between nonpublication of negative results and potential harm. Medicine’s 30-year seismic shift in attitude toward negative results has launched the field ahead of any other science.
October 16: “A History of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Carlos E. Berry, MD, Department of Veterans Affairs, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
November 8: “Soapland Symbols: Disability and American Radio, 1920-60,” Walton O. Schalick, III, MD, PhD, Disability Studies, Institute for Research on Poverty, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin
December 5: “The Turckish War of Laryngology: From the Dennis G. Pappas Collection,” Dennis G. Pappas, MD, The Pappas Ear Clinic, Birmingham, AL
February 22 - 34th Annual Reynolds Lecture: "Thirty Years of AIDS," Michael S. Saag, MD, Professor of Medicine and the Jim Straley Chair in AIDS Research, UAB
Click here to view this lecture online. This lecture was held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Volker Hall, Lecture Room E, 1670 University Boulevard, with a reception following. For more on the speaker go here: Dr. Saag interview.
March 14: “Rangaku Medicine As ‘Outside’ Knowledge in Late Tokugawa Japan,” John Van Sant, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History, UAB
Click here to view this lecture online.
Abstract: This lecture examines the diffusion of Western medical ideas in Japan from the publication of Kaitai Shinsho in 1774 to the end of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868, emphasizing the spread of knowledge of Jennerian cowpox vaccination despite government regulations limiting contact with Western countries. Moreover, the acceptance of this Western medical practice would play a little-known but important role in the transition from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji imperial government.
April 25: “Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War,” Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Duke University
Click here to view this lecture online. This lecture included a book signing by the author of her recent publication of the same title.